US Map: States Renamed for Countries with Similar GDPs

Recently, we have shared various interesting & hilarious U.S. maps about new states’ names in our twitter and pinterested.




Here we have found another U.S. map about renaming states names to other countries with similar GDPs.

us map states renamed for countries with simkilar GDPs

The map is created using data in 2012. In 2012, California, the largest state economy in U.S., was the 9th largest economy in the world, which was just slightly below Italy’s GDP in the same year. So you can see that California is renamed as “Italy” in this map. Furthermore, Texas is renamed as “Australia”, which is the world’s 13th largest country by GDP.

You can check out the map to see which country produced similar GDP as your state in 2012.

Here is a similar map using data in 2007 that you may compare the differences between two maps.

us map states renamed for countries with similar GDPs 2007

Please note that economy atmosphere in both the U.S. and the globe were different in 2007 & 2012 that we could not simply comment if the economy in specific state was good or bad just based on the map as further study and comparison are needed.

Feel free to share your views toward these maps or tell us if you have amazed by the maps.

Interactive US Map: Onshore Wind Turbines

Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle joined the U.S. Geological Survey to release an interactive Wind Turbines Map on February 11, responses to the President’s Climate Action Plan, that shows more than 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations.

According to the saying from Secretary, the map is used to improve the siting of future wind energy projects as well as aid land managers in devising more up-to-date land-use and multiple-use plans.

In the map, we can see basic information of each site in mouse click infobox. There is a zooming icon inside the infobox that map users can zoom in to the map for specific site in a second.

interactive us map wind farm

U.S. Energy Mapping System

Last summer, we have shared an interactive U.S. map about how green each state is. After a half year, we find another U.S. map about energy, U.S. Energy Mapping System, that pinpoints various power plants across the States.

Since the map displays all the data in default, it may takes time for loading, and it is also messy for searching related information. Fortunately, the map provides category legend for filtering that you can make the map more simple and neatly by disabling unrelated layers. Though category legend is provided, you may still be confused by the long list of legend items. We suggest you to remove all the layers first, and then check specific items in the checkbox for better filtering.

Similar to majority of interactive maps, additional information of each power plant (e.g. plant name, plant code, utility name, summer capacity) can be seen in the mouse click boxes.

Click the following image to see the interactive map:
interactive us map energy mapping system

Interactive World Map: NSA Interception

Last year, Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents that remind us the insecure of our privacy. Here is an interactive world map, taking reference from the Snowden reports on surveillance by NSA, shows which countries are being intercepted by the spy services from the Western World (Five Eyes group – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

The map is created by Sniffmap, which has run random tests on international internet traffic originating from a country for checking how many routes are intercepted by Five Eyes.

The concept of this map is checking if an internet route between two IP addresses would pass by an NSA controlled country. If yes, the route will be considered as intercepted that you can see around 80% of the routes are captured by Five Eyes in the map.

Limitations of the map:
Sniffmap admits that the map fails to take account data captured by non-Five Eyes countries.
The map depends on geographic IP to determine location of routers, which is not 100% accurate.
This map is lacking most of the data from African countries that you could improve it by contributing traceroute results.

world heat map nsa interception

Best Coffee in NYC by Subway Stops

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We have shared various subway maps, no matter those are interactive or static, all the time since subway maps are so common and important to us in our daily life, especially to those who take subway everyday. Here we have found another useful subway map for busy New Yorkers to check out the best coffee around you by subway stops.

This NYC subway map is created by Butterfruit Labs that shows the best coffeehouses in Manhattan by subway stops. The standards of being “the best coffeehouse” are equipment they used, the type/source of beans, stop proximity, and reviews from both customers and professionals. You may find that Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks maybe in the map since some locations do not have great options other than these two.

Let’s try all the best coffee in town by following the map!
best coffee in new york cityMap Reviews: 3.5/5Stars
Subway map is the best material to create interactive image for various purposes, e.g. introduce attractions by stop, share audios/videos by stop, or introduce best coffee/restaurants by stop. This map is useful and informative to those living in NYC, especially those coffee-addicts.
Last year, we have shared an interactive Kuala Lumpur map of independent cafes, which provides detailed information for each cafe in pop-up boxes. Similarly, the above subway map can be more informative and interesting by converting it into dynamic images with tooltips/description boxes.
Furthermore, category legends can be created for categorizing those chain stores and independent cafes.
Let’s see if any interactive subway maps will be created in the future for another topics, and please feel free to share your findings to as well!

Interactive Globe Map for Sea Currents

Last month, we have shared an interactive earth wind map, which aroused interested about live animated maps among our readers. Here we have found another live animated earth map about ocean currents.

This animated map, created by Tokyo-based Cameron Beccario that based on data by NOAA’s Global Forecast System, shows the live ocean currents across the globe that users can drag and zoom in to find out an ocean current in all its grandeur.
live earth map ocean current

Related Post: Live American Wind Map

Interactive US Map: The Most “Pleasant” Days in a Year

Have you ever counted how many pleasant days or sunny days you can enjoy in the U.S. per year? Here is an interactive map that presents the analysed result for your reference, and it is unsurprising that South California is the best state to enjoy pleasant days.

This interactive map is created by Kelly Norton, a designer and software engineer in Atlanta, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the past 23 years. According to the criteria of Norton, a “pleasant” day should be:

  • mean temperature between (55° F and 75° F)
  • temperature between 45-85 ° F
  • no significant precipitation or snow depth

us map pleasant days per year

According to the map, the top five pleasant places in America are Los Angeles, San Diego, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and San Francisco, which are all in California that residents there can enjoy over 150 pleasant days per year. Conversely, residents in MC Allister, Northeast of Reno, Clancy, and Douglas can only enjoy around 15 pleasant days per year.

Please note that the criteria of Norton is subjective and based on his own experience. Let’s check out the map and see if you agree with him or not.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map presents an interesting survey result on a neat and simple interface that all cities are being represented by circles, and further information with a bar chart can be found in the mouseover box.
The map is user-friendly enough with a search box for searching places using zip code, though it will be better if it also support searching by addresses.
There is also a little suggestion for the map that a key legend can be created for indicating the circles’ colors as darker blue represents city with more pleasant days while lighter blue represents fewer pleasant days.
Overall the map is interesting and quite informative, though not very objective, with nice design. More similar maps can be created using custom images by utilizing some image editors.

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US Map: Where Americans Admit Doing Drugs on Their Profiles

Online dating site AYI.com had an interesting study about their users’ profiles, and found that members in several states (e.g. Colorado and Washington) are more likely to admit doing drugs on the profiles.

According to the report, states with fewest drug users are those culturally conservative states, including Utah, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Mississippi.

us map members admit doing drugs on profiles

Here is another US map of current marijuana laws:
us map marijuana laws

 

Please note that users may also admit doing drugs even their state has not legalized the marijuana.

Check out the study from AYI.com here.

Interactive London Tube Map that Allow You to Hear the Sound of Each Station

We have previously created and shared a London Tube Maps about attractions along the underground, and today we found another interesting interactive sound map for listening various audio tracks of different London Underground stations.

The following Interactive Sound Map is a part of London Sound Survey, an online collection of field recordings, sound maps, early BBC radio actuality, and more that created by archivist Ian Rawes.

interactive london tube sound map
Map users can hear the recording of a specific station by clicking the station name on the tube map, and the file details(e.g. the length of the clip, that date and time when it was recorded, the location, brief description) would be shown above the map while the recording playing.

It is amazing that a tube map can be created with sound, furthermore, more interactive features (e.g. video, mouseover boxes) can be added on the map by utilizing some image editors. If you are thinking to create a similar project like the above one, take action now and share it with us.